Intel’s Compute Card – A powerful PC that’s only the size of a credit card.

At CES this year Intel unveiled its Compute Card, a credit card-sized device that’s basically an entire PC. It’s not really as small as a credit card. But considering everything this device is capable of, we doubt anyone would mind.

actual size of the card

How it works:

ezgif-1-f88cd506cc.gifThe card will house a CPU, memory, storage, and wireless connectivity (both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth). Device manufacturers can then use that card to power the computing elements in their systems, whether they’re making a TV, a speaker, or a fridge that’s a coffee table. Instead of being permanently integrated into the devices, though, the card is removable, allowing you to use the same Compute Card for a variety of compatible products.ezgif-1-248153c6d6.gif

More than its potential to cut down costs, the setup makes it possible to easily upgrade to more powerful computing hardware (e.g. a hardware manufacturer can use this to power an infinitely upgradable laptop).

Product Specifications

Processor Memory Storage Connectivity
Intel® Compute Card CD1IV128MK 7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-7Y57 with Intel® vPro™ technology 4 GB DDR3 128 GB Intel® SSD Intel® Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth® 4.2)
Intel® Compute Card CD1M3128MK 7th Gen Intel® Core m3-7Y30 processor 4 GB DDR3 128 GB Intel® SSD Intel® Wireless-AC 8265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)
Intel® Compute Card CD1P64GK Intel® Pentium® processor N4200 4 GB DDR3 64 GB eMMC Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)
Intel® Compute Card CD1C64GK Intel® Celeron® processor N3450 4 GB DDR3 64 GB eMMC Intel® Wireless-AC 7265 (2×2 802.11ac & Bluetooth 4.2)

No pricing has been announced, but the Intel Compute Card is slated to launch in August. The Compute Card is just the new era of powerful pocket PCs.

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